Steven Scarpa has an article for the Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), All in the Family: Middle School Teacher Traces His Roots, about a person researching their family’s history – it’s a good little article covering amateur genealogists, and one of those signs of how mainstream genealogy is fast becoming. The focus of the article, Gary Oâ€™Neil, mentions how difficult it can be at times, as well as the fact that it’s not a simple “sit down an do it in a few weekends” kind of project. It’s a positive article about genealogy and how popular it’s becoming.
Where do my people come from? It is a question most people ask of themselves at some point in their lives. For some, finding the answer is very simple â€” talking to relatives, a trip to the local city hall or thumbing through a family Bible covers most of the basics.
Gary Oâ€™Neil, a teacher at Washington Middle School, became interested in his family history as a child listening to his great-grandmotherâ€™s stories and cataloguing her photographs before she died. The stories stayed with him.